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Saint Louis University’s policies enable members of the University’s community to uphold its values and expectations through these actions:

  • Support the University’s mission
  • Achieve accountability by identifying the respective parties responsible for policies
  • Provide the University community with clear, concise guidelines
  • Document how the University conducts its business
Academic and Course Policies

The Office of the Provost initiates, develops, collaborates on and maintains policies that affect faculty and academic affairs generally.

The Faculty Manual (St. Louis Campus)

The Faculty Manual is a foundational document setting out, in many respects, the role of the faculty in University governance.  It also specifies rights, powers, privileges, and responsibilities of faculty.  Insofar as it does so, it is incorporated by reference in all contracts of employment between faculty and the University. All substantive modifications to University policies and benefits referenced in this Manual may occur only after prior consultation with the Faculty Senate.  (p.ii)

Current Faculty Manual (2017) Effective Dec. 1, 2017. 
3/29/19: This file reflects correction of an inadvertently omitted 2017 amendment to the General Norms for Appointment and Advancement (p.19).  The first sentence under Sec. III.F.2.: Assistant Professor now includes the words "or promotion" -- i.e., "Appointment or promotion to the rank of Assistant Professors presupposes..."

Previous editions of The Faculty Manual:

Process for Amendment of The Faculty Manual

The Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Committee on The Faculty Manual coordinates the revision process, including the proposal of revisions, of The Faculty Manual.  All proposed amendments are reviewed by and voted upon by the Faculty Senate per the terms of The Faculty Manual.

A multi-step process with opportunities for public comment and review by senators and other faculty is used for amendments to The Faculty Manual.  In November 2012, the Faculty Manual Revision Task Force outlined the process which has been in effect since that time.  View the summary.

The Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Committee on The Faculty Manual

2019-2020 Membership

  • Ruth Evans, Faculty Senate President
  • Doug Rush, Faculty Senate Past President-Elect1

Faculty Representatives Appointed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee2

  • Beth Baker, professor, College for Public Health and Social Justice (term ends May 2020)
  • Julie Birkenmaier, professor, School of Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice  (term ends May 2021)
Standing Members
  • Miriam Joseph, assistant provost for Academic Policy and Educational Compliance [CHAIR]
  • Michael Lewis, associate provost for Faculty Development -- Serving as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2019-2020
  • Jane McHowat, associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (SOM)
  • Danielle Uy, senior associate general counsel

Member will be either the Faculty Senate President-Elect or the currently serving Faculty Senate Past President
Faculty Representatives to serve two-year staggered terms, renewable once.  

Questions about or suggestions for revisions of The Faculty Manual? Please email Miriam Joseph, Faculty Manual Committee chair, at

Other Saint Louis University Policies

Policies and procedures initiated, developed, and maintained by University administrative divisions other than the Office of the Provost include: